Origin of English word LOUVRE

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The word LOUVRE is addressed in the entry: LOBO

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LOBO, from Spanish and latin lupus (wolf), is the timber wolf of the American West. Webster's maintains an IE base wlp or lup for voracious animals of prey, citing Latin volpes (fox).

Hundreds of  the world’s “wolf” terms seems to be forms of the Edenic כלב  KeLeBH – a domestic dog in Exodus 11:7 and elsewhere.  In LOBO the  כ Kahf has dropped; same in WOLF, but the ב Bet seems to have affected two bilabials.  As seen in “Dancing With Wolves,” the essay on wolf words in the Edenic CD III,  it appears that there was only one proto-canine on Noah’s ark. Like ante-diluvian people, this canine had all the genes for subsequent sub-species and breeds. This explains why most humans, i.e. former Edenic speakers,  use a post-Babel form of   כלב KeLeBH ( dog)  for the earliest dog, the wolf.

One feral hunting animal that sounds a bit similar is the לביא LaBHeeYE (young lion – see LEOPARD).  כלב   KeLeBH (dog)  could be understood to mean כ K'(like) + לביא  LaBHeeYE (lion). The Kapf-Lamed-Bhet could also be seen as KL + L(V).  The courageous, loyal and emotional dog is כל KoL (all) + לב Lai(V) (heart) or "all heart" in terms of loyalty, emotionality, and courage. Either way of analyzing the elements in this compound,  the L-BH element points to lionheartedness. This entry centers on the back 2/3 of (K)-L-BH, just as "CARIB" will give you the canine implications of K-L-(BH) at the head of the Hebrew etymon. For a harder B, there's Aramaic כלבא KaLBA (dog).

The rare scout who was faithful to Moses reconnaissance mission of the Promised Land was  כלב   KahLaiBH (CALEB).  More faithful sticking at CLEAVE.


With an M231 metathesis, KLB would be LBK. This recalls the ALOPECIA, from Greek alopex (fox). A cognate is VULPINE at the Indo-European “root” wlp-e (fox).

The IE “root” of LOBO is wlkwo (wolf). Replace or drop that initial W, and you are a mere metathesis away from the Aramaic kiwo " or kibo.  Gilbert Davidowitz, who tried to establish an IE-Semitic connection at Columbia University, proposed a progression from Semitic kalbu (canine) to Indo-European kwelb and hwelp, to Old Norse huelpr to Old High German hwelf and Old English hwelp (source of WHELP).

The cognates of LOBO and WOLF include AARDWOLF, ADOLPH, LOUP-GAROU (loup is the French wolf or    כלב KeLeBH), LOUVRE (the French museum), LUPINE, LYCANTHORPE (from lukos, the Greek wolf), RALPH, WOLFRAM, and WOLVERINE. The   ב Bhet-to-P shift in KHeLeBH also gave the name to Samoa’s fox: alope.

Dogcatching in Austronesia includes: Maori: kuri, Cherokee (Amerind) gitli, Fijian:koli, Hawaiian: 'ilio, Malagasy:alika and Rapanui (Easter Island): 'uri. Dog in Mandarin Chinese sounds like “goal,” as in a guttural-shift form of כלב  KeLe[V]. (The spelling in the Xingha dictionary is gou),  The Mandarin wolf is a KeLe(V), but reversed, nasalized and with the end-Bhet dropped: lang. The Fijian koli (dog) makes our dictionaries less credible when lexicographers guess that Scottish COLLIE was a favorite of colliers (miners --  who are too dirty to want the mess of a long-haired dog).  The Cherokee dog, qi’li, alsohelpsto bury the miner theory.  Canine and cardio words merge in the “heart” words of Arabic (qalb) and Turkish (kalb). In a different Turkish dialect dog is bori. Here כלב   KeLeBH is reversed, the Kahf drops, the liquid and bilabial take the most mild and most usual shift.  In the “dog” of Sinhala (Sri Lanka) , bahl-laah, the Kahf has softened to an H in a reversed KeLeBH.  There is a pack of reversed כלב   KeLe(V) words for wolf among widespread languages, including Polish wilk, Russian and Slovenian volk and Hungarian farkas and Samoan  luko. One adds a suffix, shifting theliquid and bilabial, while the other dropped the Bhet.

More digging is required before we can assume that DOG, may be a reversed DIG, or if dog ( dog in the Australian Aboriginal language of Mbabaram ) is a coincidence. Many animals dig (see GOPHER), but the dog is our most visible digger.  Same with  דגדג  DiGDaiG,  a repetitive tickling motion, like  the characteristic  scratching of the dog.  There are “dog”s who reverse DG (or dental-guttural):   Hindi  kutta and Hungarian kutja.    

The FOX cannot be tracked to   כלב   KeLe[V] from Old English fox.  ALOPECIA (baldness) is from the Greek

P-K cognate alopex, fox. With the L that FOX lost, one can now see the M231 metathesis that spawned the FOX and his VIXEN.  Also, the “alop” element barks like a KeLeBH.  More canines at JACKAL.

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